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Six Nations Wales v Italy: What you need to know ahead of kick-off

On Saturday 1 February, this year’s Six Nations tournament will officially get underway with Wales set to face Italy.

The Welsh side will look to defend their title after winning the coveted Grand Slam trophy last year.

Wayne Pivac’s men will play at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday whilst Wales Women will take to the pitch on Sunday.

Whether you will be watching in the stadium or from the comfort of your own living room, here is everything you need to know.

What time is kick-off?

Wales take on Italy at the Principality Stadium on Saturday 1 February at 2:15pm.

How can I watch it?

Do not worry if you do not have a ticket, you can still watch the match on television! Six Nations coverage is shared between ITV and BBC with this match being aired by the BBC.

Pubs and venues across the country will also be showing the game.

Got a ticket?

If you are heading down to the stadium, gates will open at 11:30am and supporters are advised to get in early to avoid missing kick-off.

Those attending the match are strongly advised to leave large bags at home and be mindful not to bring in any prohibited items like glass bottles and flares.

I will be driving into Cardiff, are there any road closures?

Yes, quite a few.

There will be a full city centre road closure from 10:45am until 5:15pm for public safety.

The following roads will be closed in their entirety from 11:15am:

  • Duke Street
  • Castle Street
  • High Street
  • St Mary Street
  • Caroline Street
  • Wood Street
  • Central Square
  • Westgate Street
  • Quay Street
  • Guildhall Place
  • Golate
  • Havelock Street
  • Park Street (will shut earlier)
  • Scott Road (will shut earlier)

And these roads will be closed in part from 11:15am:

  • Kingsway between the North Road and Duke Street junctions.
  • Cowbridge Road East between the Cathedral Road and Westgate Street junctions.
  • Tudor Street between the Clare Road and Wood Street junctions. Access for residents and traders will be permitted via Fitzhammon Embankment.
  • Plantagenet Street and Beauchamp Street between the Despenser Place and Tudor Street junctions. Access for residents and traders will be permitted.

Station Terrace and Guildford Street, between the Newport Road and Churchill Way junctions, will only be accessible by bus during the times of the road closures.

People are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible to avoid traffic.

Where can I park?

There will be event day car parks in the Civic Centre and at Sophia Gardens – they will both shut at midnight.

Disabled drivers are advised to use Sophia Gardens or various private car parks.

There will also be a Park and Ride at Leckwith which you can pre-book.

Wales Six Nations 2019 Team
Wales won the Six Nations in 2019.

What about if I am getting the train in?

People are advised to check train schedules and plan their journey in advance, leaving enough time before kick-off to get into the ground if they are watching from the stadium.

Those coming from further afield are also reminded to check the time of their last train home.

Network Rail said that there is no planned engineering work taking place on Saturday but there will be a replacement bus service for some services on Sunday.

On Saturday, trains will be busy all day and there will be a post-match queue system in place at Cardiff Central.

Cardiff Queen Street Station will close to outbound customers at 3:30pm.

Alun Wyn Jones with coach Wayne Pivac
Wayne Pivac selected Alun Wyn Jones as team captain.

Will buses be running as normal?

Cardiff Bus is advising their customers that city centre services will be displaced at 10:45am until17:45pm.

Bus stops on closed roads will relocate to either Churchill Way for the east, Greyfriars Road for the north or Tudor Street for the west.

When did Wales last face Italy?

Wales last played Italy in the 2019 Six Nations. They beat the Italians 26-15.

Italy and Wales have been playing each other at rugby union since 1994 and have faced off 27 times. Wales won 24 of those, Italy two and one was a draw.

Wayne Pivac has chosen his first Wales Six Nations squad with Alun Wyn Jones as team captain.

Johnny McNicholl will get his first cap for Wales in their game against Italy whilst another uncapped player, Nick Tompkins, will be on the bench.

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